As I write this blog entry, I have less than one week until I get married.
Cue the stress….right now.
I’ve discovered that the last two weeks of wedding planning are like a sudoku puzzle that you can’t fully solve, nor do you have the time to solve it. Vendor 1 wants to know something that vendor 2 must tell you, but vendor 2 hasn’t returned your call. Vendor 3 then calls to check in about the item that you had to follow through re: vendor 1 on and your mother calls to ask you why you haven’t picked up the place cards yet and AHHH JUST STOP NOW!
I never thought I’d be stressed before my wedding. It sounds naive, I know, but it’s true. I work in the wedding industry, so most of my wedding was pretty self-explanatory.
But with the constant communications between family, vendors, and your future spouse…you feel like you’re swimming in your own details. And on top of that, you can’t even stress eat everything you want (hello, pizza….) because you have to fit in that damn wedding dress of yours!
As I round the bend of my engagement journey, I’ve learned even more about why health and wellness is crucial for your engagement (and not just because you want to fit into your dress!). For those who are newly engaged or getting close to the big day, read onward. Here are my tips for keeping it healthy before you walk down that aisle:
1. Eat. Real. Foods. I can’t stress this enough. Eating lean proteins, vegetables and fruits throughout the prepping process is so much better for you than trying to starve yourself. You need real foods, the end.
2. Meal plan ahead of time. If you know that you have one of those days where you go straight from work to the city courthouse to apply for your marriage license, pack snacks. Plan your meals. Maybe eat something before you leave the office. Because it’s in those times that you tend to grab the most convenient things (fast food) in haste, due to hunger. Again, this goes with rule #1. I follow the 21 Day Fix nutrition guide (for more info on that, click here)
3. Get your workout on. I know, I know, you’re busier than you might have ever been. Believe me when I say, I know. But 30 minutes of exercise gives you endorphins that will give you a clear mind, a positive outlook, and a much happier perspective when you’re dealing with everything. My favorite workouts come from the 21 Day Fix, which are all 30 minutes long and can be done in my living room. Again, for more info on this, click here.
4. Vent it out with your future hubby or wife. Because keeping all of that pent up emotional energy will only make you explode on the caterer when they ask you if you’re okay with traditional scallops instead of bacon-wrapped scallops.
And nobody wants that. (Because, let’s be honest, the bacon adds so much! I kid, I kid.)
5. Make to-do lists that sync with your laptop and/or smartphone. If you find yourself overwhelmed with things to do (but can’t remember where you put that darn list), get an app like Wunderlist or Evernote that syncs to your laptop. You can put DJ request songs in the app on-the-go and refer to them on your laptop later that night. The Universe will thank you for this small point of organization.
6. Do your very best to stay positive. I listen to positive personal development in the car so I can get that extra injection of positivity. Get as much as you can done, day by day. Use the “it’s the week of my wedding” card if you need to. But in the end, you’ll be getting married to the person you want to see the rest of your life with. Isn’t that pretty cool?
Make sure you keep your health a #1 priority throughout the process, and enjoy it all!
And with that, I will take my own advice. Good luck to all of my brides, near and far!
Do you want some help staying on track during your wedding prep? Reach out to me! I offer free coaching to keep you healthy, happier, and focused on you. Feel free to contact me here!
In peace & health,
Amanda & the fit family